Ontario Revises COVID-19 Testing Criteria for Children – October 1, 2020

COVID-19: Canada Responds

Ontario Revises COVID-19 Testing Criteria for Children – October 1, 2020

In Toronto, Dr. Barbara Yaffe, associate chief medical officer of health, and Dr. Dirk Huyer, Ontario’s chief coroner and executive lead, COVID-19 Testing Approach, provide an update on the response to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak. They announce new guidelines on when children would be required to take a COVID-19 test. Children will no longer be removed from school or child care and advised to go for testing if they have a runny nose, headache, sore throat, fatigue or diarrhea. They will instead be asked to stay home for at least 24 hours if they show any one of those symptoms. Children who have two or more of those symptoms will need to isolate at home and consult with a health-care provider. (no interpretation)